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The first “R” in the recycle triangle stands for reduce. Why is it so important to reduce the sources of pollution? By reducing our energy and creating less waste, we reduce the need for expensive environmental controls, treatment, disposal and cleanup. Pollution prevention has grown from a good idea years ago to one of the principal ways our country protects the environment.
Go to www.epa.gov/p2week for steps you can take to prevent pollution. For more about Missouri S&T’s efforts, go to green.mst.edu.